In 2008, the Department for International Development (DFID) funded NICRO’s non-custodial sentencing (NCS) project until September 2013. NCS is when sentenced offenders do not go to prison and, instead, serve their sentence in the community. The goal of NCS is to keep lower risk offenders out of the prison environment. Below are the year 1 […]
Poem I read my sentence steadily; Reviewed it with my eyes; To see that I made a mistake; In extreme way. The date and manner of shame; And then the pious form That God have mercy on my soul The jury voted her. I made my soul familiar With her extremity, That at the […]
This article was co-authored by a NICRO social worker, Mariette Joubert, and published in LitNet Akademies Jaargang 9(3), Desember 2012.
NICRO remains concerned about the independence of the Judicial Inspectorate of Correctional Services, particularly that the appointment of the Inspecting Judge is recommended by the Minister of Correctional Services. According to Chapter 10(86(1) of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998, it is the President of the Republic of South Africa who must appoint the Inspecting Judge. NICRO feels that the involvement of the Minister of Correctional Services compromises the independence of such an office, as well as the effective monitoring of Correctional centres.
The vast majority of non-profit organisations in South are currently experiencing critical financial challenges. The availability of funding within the non-profit sector is a longstanding challenge which has deteriorated drastically in the last two years, especially following the global economic downturn and with Europe on the brink of a major financial disaster. Growing numbers of […]
NICRO has rendered non-custodial sentencing services in South Africa under DFID funding since 2008. This report covers the 2011 – 2012 period.
In 2009 NICRO created an online knowledge forum that focuses on the criminal justice sector. The forum is intended for criminal justice academics, practitioners, researchers and members of the judiciary. To join the forum, you have to sign up and have your request approved. There are currently 131 members. The forum boasts a searchable research […]
This is the 2010 – 2011 annual report on non-custodial sentencing submitted to the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID is funding non-custodial sentencing services at NICRO from 2008 – 2013. NCS or non-custodial sentencing is when a convicted offender serves his or her sentence in the community without going to prison. NCS is suitable […]
The Development of an Accreditation System and Policy Framework for Diversion Services in South Africa
The goal of this research project was to design and develop a national policy framework and accreditation system for diversion programmes and service providers in South Africa. This undertaking was to be a phased endeavour of which this report is the result of. The objectives of the research included: – To undertake a literature study […]
The day to day perception of living in South Africa is characterized by crime.Offending behaviour is fuelled by various risk factors including factors related to the biology of the individual, the family environment, peers and societal factors. It can be argued that many young people, particularly those growing up in disadvantaged communities, dysfunctional families, ineffective […]